Falklands – the “most militarized territory in the world”

29 Jan

Argentina has once again accused the British Government of ‘militarizing’ the South Atlantic.

Speaking at the CELAC summit in Chile, the Argentine Representative said that the Falkland Islands were now one of the “most militarized territories in the world,” and accused the British of moving troops in to enable it to exploit the oil reserves recently confirmed as lying within the archipelago’s EEZ. Rights Managed

“The British government is after the military control of the South Atlantic, through the issuing of ‘savage’ fishing licences and controlling access to Antarctica”

The British Overseas Territory normally hosts around 1500 military personnel and has done since Argentina’s illegal invasion of 1982. These numbers are expected to be bolstered in the next few week in the lead up to the Islands’ referendum and because of the increasingly bellicose language emanating from Argentina. The referendum is expected to confirm the Islanders’ wish to remain British and is in exercise of their right of self-determination under the United Nations’ Charter.

Britain first claimed the archipelago in 1765 and has maintained a colony there since 1841. Argentina’s first attempt to seize the Islands by force was in 1829 when the Government in Buenos Aires was warned by the British to stay away. This was followed by a minor police action in 1833 to remove a trespassing garrison of Argentine troops. Argentina has since claimed that the British “usurped’ them and stole the Islands.

7 Responses to “Falklands – the “most militarized territory in the world””

  1. Spider Kelly January 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Some you win,some you lose.You lost…Twice,GET OVER IT!

  2. Clematys January 31, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    Argentina is simply stating the obvious. As they say, those who play by the sword … or … those who play with fire … It is a no-brainer to realise that Britain’s steady and ungracious decline is on a one way street and there’s no going back ….

    • Geoff O'Dooley February 1, 2013 at 1:26 am #

      There’s no going back to what, pray tell?

      • Clematys February 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

        Back to invading and looting. Britain is finding it increasingly difficult to adapt to modern times and learn to live within its means. She has voraciously consumed everything, depleted herself of any resources and turned to criminal activities. That’s been the British way of life for the last few centuries. Now it cannot steal from others as easily as before. Tough luck.

      • lordton1955 February 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

        Yawn. You are boring Clematys – nothing useful to say ?

  3. Terry Hill February 1, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Clematys,

    Lets see, you tried to “live by the sword twice”. and what happened?

    “Losers are always in the wrong” Spanish Proverb

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